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4TH OF JULY ON THE WATERFRONT

While all holidays are special, at Lake McQueeney, July 4th is #1.
The day begins in nearby Seguin or New Braunfels attending the local downtown parades. Even parades on land reflect the waterfront life of the area.

It’s common to see patriotically “decked out” boats & jet skis parading down the street on trailers with all of the waterfront activities well represented along with the marching bands & fire trucks. From there, waterfront revelers progress back to the lake & the plentiful waterfront celebrations that await them there. It all begins at the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge, where Kipp has his trusty grills fired up & waiting for your order of his world famous hamburgers, hot dogs & fajitas. Patrons are all wearing the “red, white & blue”, down to the kids splashing in the pools with their patriotic swimsuits. After downing the delicious food, everyone grabs a spot on the waterfront to watch the BOAT PARADE. The parade starts at the other end of the river, floating down past waterfront homes where the revelers on the boats exchange water balloons & candy with the celebrants on the waterfront. The parade finishes up at the LODGE, where the eager spectators all “ooh and ah” at all of the gaudily decorated boats, and all come to a general consensus of the best entry. The afternoon continues with parties, parties, parties, and then culminates back at the LODGE for a grand professional fireworks extravaganza on the waterfront. If waterfront life is your thing, or even if you would like for it to be, call me (Kay Walker, 210-386-2412). Having lived here going on 30 years as a waterfront resident (on Treasure Island), I would love to show you around the wonderful LAKE MCQUEENEY.

 

Being a semi-rural area, life on Lake McQueeney revolves around the waterfront

The human population consists of permanent & vacation waterfront homes, ranging in price from the $300,000’s to $3,000,000. But the wildlife population here is abundant. Both locals & vacationers alike enjoy the fellowship with nature here. The only traffic jams are the ones caused by families of ducks & geese waddling across the road to get to the water, or floating lazily on the water and enjoying the sunshine. Fish can be seen jumping out of the water; both bass and catfish are plentiful here. The nighttime animal population consists of raccoons, deer & nutria, which are in the beaver family. While we humans enjoy our waterfront existence here, so do our animal friends.
 

WATERFRONT LIFE ON LAKE McQUEENEY

A magical place exists in South Texas called Lake McQueeney. Known to a small percentage of the population, it is truly a waterfront jewel that is situated conveniently between Houston, San Antonio & Austin. Having no public access, Lake McQueeney has the feel of a private lake. Each waterfront home has its own waterfront for maximum enjoyment of the lake & all it has to offer. Visitors are able to escape the crowds & the traffic at nearby Canyon Lake. Generations of families have grown up here on the Lake McQueeney waterfront enjoying water sports such as skiing, wake boarding, tubing, boating & fishing. Fishing in the waters here produces record breaking bass & catfish, and skiers & future skiers alike can improve their skills at the local “SKI MASTERS WATERSKI SCHOOL”.
After a day on the water, vacationers & locals alike gather at the local waterfront marina & club,( the “LAKE BREEZE SKI LODGE”), a private club locally owned for generations, to enjoy cocktails and breakfast, lunch or dinner. The “LODGE” as its affectionately known has gourmet dining, a full bar (the interior of which is a step back in time with its wood paneled walls & historical waterski memorabilia), indoor outdoor dining, marina, swimming pools & tennis courts. Thursday nights in the summertime finds members sitting waterfront at the weekly “SKI SHOW”, put on by the local ski club, the “LAKE MCQUEENEY SKI BEES”, established in 1952. Spectators enjoy a fabulous Mexican Buffet while watching amazing waterski performances. Private waterski lessons as well as boat charters are also available. Waterfront life on Lake McQueeney revolves around the lodge and all of the waterfront activities offered here.

 

WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

Living on Treasure Island at Lake McQueeney for almost 30 years, has given me a true appreciation for the uniqueness of homes on the waterfront. No where else can you experience the true tranquility that glassy water can give you. Something about calm water calms us deep within. Is it any wonder then, that for the first 9 months a baby is encapsulated in water? After being born, water is essential to a human being’s survival, and unbelievably, our bodies are composed mainly of water. Having experienced lake life for so long, I have noticed many different facets of waterfront properties. Every day the lake has a different “personality”. Some days green, some days blue, differing from flowing to not, & steam rising from the water on cold days, just to name a few. Being in real estate for many years, I have realized that waterfront property is so different from regular property, thus making it essential for anyone shopping for waterfront to use an experienced waterfront agent. No other type of property deals with bulkheads, elevation certificates, FEMA, etc. Waterfront properties also are priced differently. I service all lakes in the New Braunfels area; Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, Meadow Lake, Lake Seguin and Canyon Lake. I would love to show you waterfront properties that will fit your needs. We have them in all price ranges. You can reach me anytime at 210-386-2412.

 
 

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR AREA LAKES

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Regional Emergency Alert Network has switched to a new Mass Notification Service. This service has been provided to notify residents & businesses as a supplement, and not a replacement for, existing public safety warning and information systems (such as television and radio). The weekly emergency test siren will still be heard every Saturday at exactly 12 o’clock noon. You can register by clicking on the following link: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723690#/login

It is highly recommended that you follow the link, create an account and sign up for this notification system. The advantage is that you specify where you want to be notified; your cell, text, email or home phone.

 

FRIENDS OF LAKE MCQUEENEY

Friends of Lake McQueeney (FOLM), is a non-profit organization that maintains and improves the quality of Lake McQueeney, Texas, for the enjoyment of all who live, work and play there. In an effort to reduce accidents, FOLM has developed a LAKE MCQUEENEY SAFETY GUIDE. You can download the entire guide at www.lakemcqueeney.org/generic40.html.

LIFE JACKETS: Children under 13 in a boat and anyone on a Personal Watercraft (PWC) MUST wear an approved life jacket at all times. There must also be a Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket available for everyone in a boat, kayak or paddleboard. A skier is considered a passenger of the boat.

TREASURE ISLAND BRIDGE: The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) is the governing body for Lake McQueeney and has established the following restrictions in regard to the bridge.
No stopping, parking, mooring, anchoring, resting or operating at idle speed with 100 ft upstream or downstream from the bridge.
No inflatables (tubes, bananas, water toys, etc.) may be pulled under the bridge.
Slow moving watercraft, such as jet-skis, wave-runners, kayaks & paddleboards, may only use the far right pass-throughs under the bridge at no-wake speed. Offenders will be ticketed by our local Texas Game Wardens, who regularly patrol our waters.

50 FOOT RULE: GBRA requires that a motor powered boat, PWC and their inflatables maintain a minimum distance of 50 feet from other vessels, the shoreline or any fixed structures at all times.

STAY TO THE RIGHT: Approach oncoming traffic with them on your left. Try to pass on the left, like in a car.

AT NIGHT: Operating a boat at night with proper lights is illegal.

Red and green bow lights and rear white lights must be on.

It is illegal for PWC’S to operate at night.

It is illegal to ski at night. Period.

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT: Parents and PWC owners are responsible for children operating them. The parents will be fined and ticketed in case of accidents and infractions. PWC owners should determine that operators are knowledgeable about PWC operations and laws before they are allowed to drive.

POLICE BOATS WITH FLASHING LIGHTS: Slow down & stop! It is the same as slowing down on the highway when an officer has a vehicle stopped.

 

Queen Anne Victorian home

Built in 1895. Registered in the State and National Historical Registries, and featured in the book, “Historical Homes of Gonzales”. Perfect for a Bed and Breakfast, a private resident or event venue. Located right off of the historical Square; close to shops, restaurants, schools, churches & parks. Totally renovated in 1980.
 

6 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD DO WHEN MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE

1.  CHANGE THE LOCKS. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That insures that the only person who has access is you. Your realtor should be able to refer you to a reputable locksmith, or you can install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock.

2.  CHECK FOR PLUMBING LEAKS. Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double- check. Keep an eye out for dripping faucets & running toilets, and check your water heater for signs of a leak. A neat trick is to check your water meter at the beginning and the end of a 2 hour window in which no water is being used. If the reading is different, then you have a leak.

3.  STEAM CLEAN CARPETS. Do this before you move your furniture in, and your new home life will be off to a fresh start. You can pay a professional (again recommended by your realtor), or you can rent a steam cleaner for about $30/day and do the work yourself.

4.  WIPE OUT CABINETS. Another no-brainer before you move in your dishes, bathroom supplies, and closet things. Make sure to wipe inside and out, preferably with a non-toxic cleaner, and replace the shelf paper with fresh.

5.  CRITTERS. Mice, rats, bats, termites, roaches and any other uninvited guests. There are any number of DIY ways to get rid of pests, but if you need to bring out the big guns, an initial visit from a pest removal service will run you $100-$300, but well worth the money. There’s nothing worse than the smell of a dead animal rotting in your air ducts!

6.  CIRCUIT BREAKER BOX AND MAIN VALVE. Figure out which fuses/breakers control what parts of your house and label them accordingly. You might ask that the seller mark them for you before they move out. This takes 2 people; one to stand in  the room where the power is supposed to go off, and the other to trip the breakers and yell. You’ll want to know how to turn off your main water valve if you have an emergency; a hurricane, tornado, or if you’re just leaving town. Just locate the valve (it could be outside your house), and turn the know till it’s off. Test it by turning on any faucet in the house; no water should come out.

Good luck in your new home, and remember that you can always call your real estate agent to help you with any issues that may arise. 

 

 

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS

1.  The food is out of this world. As a German settlement mixed with Tex-Mex flair and Hill Country BBQ, New Braunfels is packed with flavor. Favorite restaurants like Buttermilk Café, Naeglin’s Bakery, Huisache Grill and The Gristmill in Gruene are culinary staples, drawing in tourists and locals alike.

2.  THE MUSIC SCENE: For a small Hill Country town, New Braunfels draws in a surprising lineup of major acts! Gruene Hall (a vital piece of country music history) continues to draw in big-name artists, like George Strait and Pat Green to name only 2 of many, while the spacious and scenic Whitewater Amphitheater allows for bigger crowds. Beyond these venues, the local music scene continues to grow.

3.  BREWERIES AND WINERIES are popping up everywhere. Craft beer and locally-made wine have been exploding in popularity around Texas, and our town is keeping up. New Braunfels Brewing Company and Guadalupe Brewing are always dreaming up innovative new recipes and techniques, while Dry Comal Creek Vineyards offers fun events, wine classes, and delicious wine. The historical Faust Hotel and Brewing Company is a local gem that offers a full bar and menu.

4.  TWO SPARKLING RIVERS. New Braunfels is home to two beautiful rivers: the Guadalupe, which flows into Canyon Lake and The Comal (spring-fed) that flows through picturesque Landa Park and meanders thru downtown before merging with the Guadalupe, aking it a great spot for summer fun & tubing!

5.  BREATHTAKING HILL COUNTRY. Our cozy little tow is the entrance to the Texas Hill Country! Spots like River Road, Canyon Lake and Historic Gruene highlight the area’s natural

beauty. Scenic hikes are only a short drive away, including Panther Canyon which is right in the middle of our city in Landa Park.

6.  LANDA PARK. We have one of the most beautiful parks one could find in any city. Sparkling, cascading streams from the Comal River with ducks floating lazily, snorkeling, two swimming pools (one spring-fed), numerous playgrounds & walking paths, not to mention massive trees that are hundreds of years old make this a popular destination for folks near & far, old & young.

7.  BIG-CITY PERKS. With the I-35 corridor gaining popularity, out town has gained convenient access to big-city amenities. New additions include Alamo Drafthouse, name brand stores, well known restaurants and of course, Buc-ee the Beaver.

8.  RISING HOUSING MARKET. It’s a great time to buy a home in New Braunfels. Home appreciation is up 38.9% in the past 12 months alone, and the median home price is around $210K.

9.  GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILIES. There are lots of family oriented neighborhoods here, many with community pools, playgrounds, and tennis courts. And McKenna Children’s Museum has lots of interactive exhibits to enjoy, as well as the Snake Farm where kids can learn about wildlife.

10. GOOD TIME TO BE YOUNG ADULT. 20 and 30 somethings have discovered the joys of New Braunfels nightlife. Local gems like the Phoenix Saloon and Pour Haus get things heated up, and the music venues like Whitewater Amphitheater, River Road Ice House and Gruene Hall offer dancing and Hill Country fun.

11. ART SCENE. The entire month of October (Artober!) is dedicated to it. The New Braunfels Art League has many new programs as well as camps for young artists. They have events & exhibits regularly, including First Friday, a downtown art celebration that takes place on the first Friday of each month.

12. WURSTFEST. Our little town doubles in size during Wurstfest! Tourists flock to it for good beer, great German food, and plenty of German culture, music & dancing.

13. GREAT LAKES. New Braunfels is right between Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap and Canyon Lake, all perfect spots for waterfront vacations, lake homes and weekend getaways.

14. STILL A SMALL TOWN FEEL. New Braunfels is a nice and peaceful town, with the big cities of Austin & San Antonio less than an hour’s drive away. Something for everyone is what you find here. Come visit and you won’t want to leave.

 

 

There’s something about children’s Christmas Pageants that really touch your heart.

Today I attended one performed by my twin 6 year old twin granddaughters. The dancing, swaying, shouting & singing all come so natural to children; no inhibitions and all with the Christmas glow on their anticipation filled faces. Navarro ISD music teachers did an exceptional job of teaching these future musicians, singers & actors the joyful Christmas tunes, and the kids had a ball. May we all approach Christmas as the children do; with total faith, optimism & excitement.

 

Tonight was the annual Christmas Parade in Seguin, TX.

It is one of the many reasons that people love to live in this enchanted small historical Texas town. A town pivitol to the victory of the Texans in the war for independence from Mexico, it has a very active Conservation Society, a new gorgeous hi-tech library, & “THE WORLD’S LARGEST PECAN”. Tonight’s floats were all beautifully lit up with Christmas light, angels, elves, & even Santa Claus. Local downtown shops were open all serving hot chocolate in special commerative mugs. It is always the first Thursday night in December, so mark your calendars for next year.
 

December 2, 2016

Tonight was the festive annual event in New Braunfels called Wassilfest. All of the downtown businesses were open & had their own special versions of this delicious holiday drink. The town square was hopping with carols, lights & locals as well as visitors who make it a point to attend every year. Thousands attend, gathering at the lovely lit up gazebo in the middle of town where local musical groups perform Christmas music. Numerous other holiday events are scheduled in this quaint, historical town. Even on an ordinary holiday evening,, just driving thru downtown will get you in the mood to celebrate Christ’s birth.
 

Kay Walker Blog for November 29, 2016

Today I had the pleasure of once again visiting the lovely historical town of Gonzales, Texas. It is located only 1 hour from San Antonio & 1 hour from Austin, making it attractive to commuters from both cities. Lots of small town charm, friendly people, and a buyers market are all things that this beautiful town has going for it. Quaint shops, museums, historical landmarks & local restaurants are all part of it charm. It played a huge part in the battle for Texas independence from Mexico; guess who won?

I listed 5 properties there today; an investors dream priced way below market value and on the main thoroughfare thru town, SH 183. I also sold & closed 8 properties there today; happy seller, happy buyer.

Call me for any real estate needs in Gonzales, New Braunfels, Seguin or McQueeney.

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